Posts Tagged green building

“Building” on SOCAP 11: Urban Housing and Infrastructure (Part 1)

Hard to believe it’s been two weeks since SOCAP11 – the conversations following our panel “Investing in Home: The Role of Housing and the Built Environment” continue and are generating insights into how social enterprise, impact investment and housing/urban investment intersect (and don’t yet). Many of us […]

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SOCAP Panel Preview: Peter Lundstedt, Familjebostäder

Getting prepped for our SOCAP11 panel “Investing in Home: The Role of Housing and the Built Environment,” I interviewed panelist Peter Lundstedt, CMO at Familjebostäder, a real estate developer and manager in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Familjebostäder owns and manages over 18,000 rental apartments in Gothenburg.  Familjebostäder’s mission is […]

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Iffy Ideas for Developing Country Cities

In recent months, we’ve learned that cities have hit the radar screen of big business with developing economy and emerging market cities making their way almost to center stage to boot. Why? Because most of the building and development that’s going to happen in coming years will be in those […]

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Emphasis on Green Maintenance in Green Buildings

Nice to see that the 2010 Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) convention will focus on maintenance as a core element of green building. In fact, what happens after the building is built and companies are occupying these buildings is at least equally important to the […]

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Merging Business Strategy and Green Building in India

This Live Mint article on Crisil’s new HQ in Hiranandani Gardens in Mumbai’s northern suburbs highlights how perceptions of green building are changing in rapidly growing developing cities like Mumbai, how a business merges its strategy with its environmental footprint and how green building projects are adapting […]

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Starchitect Gehry critiques LEED, supports government and grass roots initiatives for sustainability

PBS’ Need to Know show drew some elaboration from starchitect Frank Gehry on recent controversial comments about LEED. His feelings about sustainable building as something distinct from LEED certification underline growing concerns, not just in the US but abroad as well, about the certification’s shortcomings, among which […]

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Talking about Delhi’s Nullahs with Manit Rastogi at Morphogenesis

Manit Rastogi has a watery dream. Rastogi is the Principal and Founder of Morphogenesis, an Indian architecture and interior design firm internationally recognized for its work in commercial, residential and institutional architecture, green building, urban design and planning and interior design. As head of the Sustainable Urbanism […]

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The International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Environmental Sustainability Initiatives

Joyita Mukherjee of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) office in New Delhi has the exciting job of identifying projects and extending advisory in India with large scale environmental impact. As the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group, IFC’s program objectives aim at inclusive growth […]

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Foliage Developers: How Developers Choose to Make a Difference

Giving low and moderate income working people the opportunity to buy decent, dignified housing is one of India’s most pressing needs, given the country’s 26 million some-odd housing deficit. By this point, we’ve met several organizations working towards that goal so we feel India’s low cost housing […]

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The Surat Builders’ Association: In a Fast Changing City, Varying Perspectives and Incomplete Information

As our arrival in Surat coincided with a regular meeting of the Surat Builders Association, we were able to discuss with several local developers Surat’s evolution and growth, their engagement with policymakers and their views on the appropriate ways for developers to get involved in the city’s […]

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